Illinois CPA CPE Requirements: Rules and Recommended Courses

Illinois CPA CPE requirements

To maintain an active status, all CPA licensee in Illinois have to fulfill the CPA CPE requirement on a triennial basis. Here is a summary for your reference:

Illinois CPA CPE Requirements

The CPE credits have to be accumulated by September 30, and the counting is done every 3 years.

Within these 3 years, the CPAs need to:

  • Fulfill a minimum of 120 hours of accounting continuing education
  • Maximum of:
    • 80 hours of self-study
    • 24 hours of personal development (non-technical) courses
  • Minimum 4 credit hours of ethics

You may also fulfill the requirements by work:

  • Maximum 60 hours from teaching in colleges or formal CPE courses
  • Maximum 30 hours of authoring in related field
  • Board-approved firm trainings

Non-verifiable courses (those without AICPA/NASBA approved sponsors) limited to 60 hours.

Here is a video walkthrough of the CPE requirements for Illinois CPAs.

Further Information

You can contact Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for further questions:

  • Address: 320 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786
  • Phone: (217) 785-0800

Where Can I Take These Accounting CPE Courses?

My recommendation is CPE Link, a CPE provider registered with NASBA on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Registry ID: 109068). Their CPE courses are endorsed by the Societies of CPAs in California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

CPE Link offers over 1,000 hours of self-study content taught by accounting and tax professionals–all experts in their fields with many years of practical experience to share. Click out the courses below and start earning your CPE credits today!

About the Author Stephanie Ng

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